Adventure Lovers and/or Colleagues,
Here are the species we watched closely today:
4 giant Blue Whales
2 Humpback Whales
1,000 long-beaked Common Dolphins
sea lions everywhere
We ran to the far far west end of the Channel, up near San Miguel Island, to find the beasts. The krill layer was 360+ feet below the surface and both Humpbacks and Blue Whales were there to dine. Among the Humpbacks was our old pal, Rope. You old timers will recall that Rope got her name 14 years or so ago when she was observed breaching continually to rid herself of fishing gear, mostly made of rope. She did free herself, but it left a scar that circumnavigates her massive body just behind her head. Over the years we observed Rope with at least 3 different calves, perhaps one every 3 or 4 years, so we're pretty sure Rope is a female. She made a close approach to say hello to the Condor Express today, then spent a lot of time following one of the giant Blue Whales around the area. A couple of the Blue Whales fluked-up as they went on their deeper dives, much to the delight of passengers and cameras alike. I'll post up my shots no later than tomorrow.
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In addition to the expert crew on the Condor Express with over 35 years of experience, Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer naturalists, representatives from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park, are usually on board and available to answer your questions during the trip.
Best fishes, have a WHALE of a day and OCEANS of fun!